Why are scrubs called scrubs?

Q: I am a housewife and I want to make a scrub for my daughter I’d like to know why are scrubs called scrubs.

– Carlos Alfredo

A: The term “scrubs” comes from the practice of “scrubbing in” before surgery, where medical personnel would thoroughly clean, or “scrub,” their hands and arms to maintain sterility in the operating room.

Originally, scrubs were designed for surgeons and other personnel participating in surgeries to wear in sterile environments, such as the operating room. These uniforms were simple, easy to clean, and didn’t have places where germs and bacteria could easily hide, making them an ideal choice to maintain cleanliness and reduce the risk of infection.

Over time, the use of scrubs has expanded beyond the operating room to include various healthcare professionals due to their comfort, functionality, and ease of cleaning. Despite this expanded usage, the name “scrubs” has stuck.

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